Saranac Adirondack Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager
925 Ratings
Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German Amber Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

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Ratings: 925 |  Reviews: 481
Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.53/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this saranac lager pours a light tan with a thin light tan head with a large amount of chaotic carbonation

S - the aroma is entirely dominated by malts, unroasted one, a rather BMC type aroma, so malty it lends a fruity apple type esther

T - not a bad flavor, it tastes like a BMC with higher quality malts, the flavor is more roasted malts than the aroma, but there are no layered flavors, its all-malt all the way, a little sour for my taste

M&D - too sour and ricey for my palate, i don't care for this very much, i may try this again in the future just to see if this one didnt turn

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Photo of auxiliary
2.87/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance - Amber color, clear. carbinated. A small head formed, but didn't stay. The bubble disolved it. No lacing.

smell - Sweet malty smell.

taste - malty with a bitterness at the end of it.

mouthfeel - Carbinated, malted feel

drinkability - I wasn't too fond of the beer, bitterness and malted taste turned me off.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a mixer 12 pack to a pint glass. The liquid is a typical amber with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 finger white fluff that fades to a thin pad leaving just a hint of lace.

The smell is sweet bready malt.

The taste follows. Very pedestrian, nothing to stick out. This beer does not excite me much more then a macro from the big three.

The mouthfeel is plain less then medium body, the carbonation feels nice.

The drinkability is ok nothing bad just nothing above norm either I would not buy this beer out of a mixed sampler. MK

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber colored with a head that fell to a thin layer. no lacing left behind.

twangy malt scents and some sweetness without much hops nose coming through at all,

i like the taste here - sometimes simplicity is a relief. sweet and a little zippy spiciness to start, preserves the caramel malt taste through a nice long, slow finish in which it gradually diminishes and the hops wander forward with a savory subdued bitterness.

mouthfeel is spicy at first and then nicely smooth.

goes down easy and is equally easy to enjoy. not as complex or sublime as some other lagers of this style, but an excellent session brew that doesn't give the palate a workout but doesn't leave it bored either.

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Photo of shererjt
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, pale copper with a thick, off-white, rocky head. Rather effervescent. Nose was hoppy with a fair amount of malt. Medium body; not too much malt and a bit flat-tasting despite its bubbly appearance. Not a bad flavor, just average. Nice hop taste, though. Pretty much the same for the mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK.

Not bad, but a bit underwhelming for a "craft" beer. Don't have much else to say about it.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear red-gold with a smallish head.

S - Malty-sweet, with some nice floral notes. Pears come to mind as well.

T - Subdued hops, some roasted notes. Not much fruit... actually not overly flavourful either, but what's there is nicely balanced. Certainly exceeds expectations.

M - Nice moderate carbonation level, not watery.

D - Not a bad beer. Sessionable, easy drinking. A good choice to break in a macro-drinker maybe.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A medium colored crystal clear amber body. Fluffy white head of an inch slowly receded. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising rapidly in this beer. Lace clings in rings.

Aroma was a nice blend, but was a little weak in the nose. A malt aroma had a wheat presence. A very faint hint of light white grape scent develops at the end of a inhalation.

Fairly weak malt grains taste. A light bitter hops doesn't help this to overcome its overall watered down taste. A light metal taste finishes in the back of the mouth.

Body is an average thickness. A tingling of carbonation on the front of the tongue.

Overall an average beer. A good choice to go with a plate of wings. Another slightly above average from a Saranac mixed twelve pack. Nice to try the style from a different brewer, but nothing to run out to find.

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Photo of kennyo
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my first New york State craft brews, so many years ago. Pours a light amber color with some nice head that disapates fairly quickly. Aroma is malt with some spiciness. Taste is malt with some sugar sweetness, a little hop bitterness.

Over this beer is a very drinkable beer. I like it is better than the Yeungling Special Lager and have no problem drnking this in a BMC bar.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Deep amber color, crystal clear, notable carbonation. Looks yummy.

Smell--Malty character, smells a bit on the sweet side.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Crisp mouthfeel, with a slightly creamy end, not overly carbonated. Tastes pretty good, a slightly bready aftertaste that is not unpleasant.

Drinkability--I could have a few of these with no complaints.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weak head that doesn't last long, which sits on top of a glassy copper-red body.

Aroma is a nothing-special flowery hoppiness meets malty sweetness.

The flavor offers a nice hop undercurrent that carries the malts, which appear as a sweetly mellow layer. There's a nice candy-like feel here, but it's something that only reveals itself after sitting awhile with the beer. The mouthfeel is nice, medium to generous carbonation, and a well-balanced bitter/sweet finish that coats the mouth a little bit, slightly sticky it is.

The whole thing, while very drinkable, is rather low-key and nothing sensational. There's just not much to say about this one. I've only had three different Saranac beers so far (this, the Pale Ale, and the India Pale Ale), all decent but none outstanding. I'm hoping one of those more interesting beers in the Winter sampler 12-pack makes me sit up and take serious notice.

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Photo of BBM
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer I was not too keen on trying. I figured this would be Saranac's stab at a macro lager, but I was wrong. The pour was a clear amber color with a small white head. Smell was almost non-existant; maybe some light hops.

The taste was well-balanced between the malt backbone and floral hops. It wasn't overpowering or interesting, but it wasn't bad either. Average. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp, and the beer is fairly drinkable. I was expecting the worst with this one, and it's not really that bad. Nothing stands out about it either, though.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.24/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in the 12 beers of Winter sampler. Overall, I've been really impressed with Saranac's offerings, but not this one. I expected this to be their benchmark beer and found it to be the worst of their line. The Adirodack Lager smelled coppery and tasted the same. Too bitter and too much hops for a lager in my opinion.

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Photo of Gmann
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale amber color with a 2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Doesn't have a pronounced smell, typical Saranac trait, but has a light malt, hoppy smell to it. The hop taste hits right away followed by the caramel malt. No noticable lingering bitterness. Easy to drink, I could have a few of these but would choose not to. There are better offerings for this style. Saranac's offerings seem to be real middle of the road, nothing really stands out.

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Photo of normZurawski
2.41/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks fine but then it really goes down from there, with a rough aroma and a rougher taste. Mouthfeel is ok save for the lingering taste. In all not a very drinkable beer when you add it all up. I suppose it gets the job done but not happily. Very likely not my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice, light golden color with a thick white head. A subtle, malty smell well balanced by some hops. SAme with the taste: malty with a subtle hoppy after taste that balances off the malt very well. Decent mouthfeel typical of most American Amber Lagers. Very drinkable beer; halfway through it I was looking forward to another one just based on the ease of drinking. Good beer and well worth a look.

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Photo of dustylong
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Winter pack beer...Pours a light amber color with a moderate head, and some retention and lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). Has a malty smell to it with a bit of citrus at the end. Mostly malty with more than just a hint of hops..unusually bitter. Has a slight citrus taste to it as well as a hint of caramel. Feels fairly light in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation...easy to drink. Overall, a decent beer, but nothing too special...

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Photo of phisig137
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me start by saying that this is the first time I've had the Adirondack lager, and it is also the last of the Saranac mixed twelve that I had.

Pours a deep gold/ light amber color, with a 1/2 finger head. Little retention falls with some decent lacing.

Aroma is quite grainy and malty. Smells almost exactly like mash. Very clean and enjoyable.

Flavor is very malty, and slightly sweet. Caramel pops it's head out, but fits in, and gives some extra character to this beer. Little hop presence, but the malt profile is quite nice. Mouthfeel is light but coating. Drinkability is good.

After suffering through the 11 other beers in the Saranac 12 pack, this was a great way to finish. I am usually not a lager fan, and find them quite boring. This one is nicely flavored, full bodied, and fairly interesting. There is a touch of diacetyl, but compared to the rest of the mixed 12, this is a vast improvement.

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Photo of Celt44
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in a sampler 6pk. Great price. Appearance is a clear, medium amber. Lacing last throughout, foam head dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of toasted almonds. Hints of malt and alcohol.

Taste is suprisingly hoppy for a lager. Malts finish.

Mouthfeel is refreshingly smooth. Carbonation is more than I'm used to in a lager.

This one from Saranac is one of their finest. For the price, you can beat this company. The Adirondack Lager is far and away much superior to their plain Lager. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

all in all pretty good. saranac is kind of a weird brewery for me. very middle of the road. all their beers are excellent crossovers for a macro drinker looking for micros. pours amber red with little head. the nose is nothing to write home about. straight forward hops and malt. taste is smooth and highly drinkable. i think my favorite out of the sampler containing the pale ale and ipa as the other selections.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber. Mild carbs. Little head and lace. Average.

S: Malty. Perhaps a touch of citrus note. Otherwise average.

M: Water seemed a little musty, foamed okay, went down with bitterness. Average.

T: More body than Yuengling. More bitterness, not that smooth but I'm not always looking for that. The best thing was the caramel send-off that this beer has, making it a very good amber lager.

D: Yep. Like Yuengling, I could have this a good bit.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

jcdiflorio did you get the 12 beers of winter too? The beer was decent, but not awsome. It poured a nice light amber color, with very little head. There was no retention, an no lace. There wasn't much aftertaste, and the lager taste was decent, but not very great. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass,a nice golden color with a reddish hue. A 1" head,dissapated a bit quick.a few tiny bubbles rising to the top,a little more livelyness would have been nice,still not a bad looking beer.
The smell was moderate,very clean,aromas of light citrus,floral,spicey and caramelly. A very pleasing aroma.
The taste was caramelly,citrusy,nutty,nicely balanced,clean and crisp.A bit lacking,but still very good.
A lightmouthfeel,with a pleasing bitterness with a mouthwatering finish.
Excellent drinkability,goes down very easy,not very filling.A very pleasing quality to this beer,could easy drink this all night.
A couple of steps above a Macro not quite a Mico,somewhere inbetween. An excellent session beer. A beer for the masses,not offensive, just a bit more.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.87/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color into a pilsner glass. There's a decent bubbly head with a mild lacing effect.

I pick up half-sour pickles and some decent hopping. Small malty notes climb up from the prodominant scents.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks smooth with a good balance of carbonation. It's dry with small malt notes and just a touch of hops. Finishes kind of watery and doesn't really strike me as full flavored.

I like that the beer manages to bring malt character in while remaining pretty light and smooth with a clean finish. A little bit more drinkable than your average lager if you're looking for a bit more taste.

Bottom Line:
A good slightly dark lager. A good "change of pace" beer.

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Photo of sacfly
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, winter pack 2006
Pours a clear golden color with a huge head of off white bubbles. Aroma is grainy with grass overtones. Taste is crisp with the base grain as the predominant flavor. Mild earthy malt. Transitions to hops in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Light body. Inoffensive but on the boring side. Not sure why this is in a winter seasonal pack…

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Photo of Neehan
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper with a sizable head. Bright in color and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Smells of caramel and malts. A smooth taste that is smoky and has some character but nothing that wows me. The mouthfeel is balanced and crisp. Would make a nice session lager.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 925 ratings
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